Krystal Pen

Fiction, Poetry and everything Literary. Every voice should be heard.

Archive for November 2017

This was how google celebrated Chinua Achebe yesterday.

If you had anything doing on the internet yesterday, you should have noticed the celebration of a literary icon. Google announced on its website yesterday that it is honouring the iconic Chinua Achebe on its doodle today. This marked Achebe’s 87th birthday. Google Doodle is a special logo on Google’s homepage that is always temporarily alternated and intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people. Advertisements

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Ghosts on the loose/ Series/ Chapter 3

A day before. Weird kolokuma sat on the cane chair kept permanently at the entrance of his log cabin and made the sound of different gunshots with his lips. It was his way of telling his personal account of the war. Nobody liked him because he was a demon, a demon inside the body of a fifty-something year old albino- because demons do not have voices, they only compel people […]

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Free men/ Poetry

Men live in twos but free men live without conflict. The conflicts are sands; enticing and without heads. The conflicts are when you want to be a seed, living on the surface when you want to travel with the wind. Men live in twos but free men live without conflict. Free men are the souls with no hide; seeds that abide. They are also the bodies without a soul, mere […]

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Opportunity for African Writers and Artists!

Don't Miss this chance. Applications to the Africa Centre's Artists In Residency programme (AIR) close on December 16th, 2017. Submit your applications today. #WeAreAIR #AIR2017 — Artists in Residency (@ArtInResidency) November 14, 2017 The Artists in Residency (AIR) programme supports artists from Africa who are provocative, innovative, relevant and highly engaged with social issues. The residencies are available to composers, writers, video/filmmakers, curators, visual and performance artists as […]

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This is how a man dies/ Poetry

First; He chases shadows of coins and delicate things budding from Sheba’s queen dancing in the wind, bearing no compass. Second; He wears away from his vessel like woeful steam rejecting a black kettle. Third; He becomes hyacinth roaming Forcados; homeless, while his vessel wears away and finds a space among clays. Fourth; He becomes a memory. This is how a man dies.

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We decided to profile Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo. She is a multi-award winning author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Her books includes; The Binti series, The Akata warrior, Akata witch, Who Fears Death, The Book of Phoenix, Lagoon, Zahrah the Windseeker, Chicken in the Kitchen, Kabu Kabu, The Shadow Speaker, Long Juju Man. Nnedi’s […]

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